Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years. Originating in China, acupuncture uses thin sterile needles that are slightly larger than a human hair and are inserted at various points throughout the body. The Chinese have identified hundreds of acupuncture points and it is thought that the needles affect the flow of energy, stimulating the immune and nervous systems.
Most people relate acupuncture for pain relief. However, Chinese medicine is also very effective in treating most ailments Western medicine addresses. This is true especially for allergies, colds and flu. As we head into Autumn, the season relating to the Lungs, it is good to know that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you stay healthy with the upcoming seasonal weather changes.
A recent rise in patients coming in with sneezing, runny or congested nose, sinus headaches and complaints of a heavy head is indicative of the seasonal change for Autumn and cooler temperatures. When treated early and/or at the onset of symptoms, acupuncture and herbs can help lessen the allergic response and reduce the severity and longevity of the allergy symptoms. The herbs help strengthen the lung Chi and the defensive Chi which helps the respiratory system fight off the offending allergen. The best offense is a strong defense with acupuncture and/or herbs to alleviate the upper respiratory issues so common in our area of Michigan.
Chinese herbal medicine has an extensive array of anti-viral herbs that can help prevent and treat colds and flu as well. If given ahead of the season for prevention or right at the onset, the degree and severity of the cold or flu can be greatly reduced. In addition, acupuncture treatment has been shown to have an effect on the prevention of allergies, colds and flu by building a person’s immune system. Some research studies have indicated that a rise in particular immune response chemicals in the blood stay elevated as much as 3 days after an acupuncture session, leaving the individual feeling healthier and less sluggish.
For those whose allergies worsen in Autumn, it is essential to receive treatment in advance of experiencing symptoms. For those who are susceptible to seasonal colds or symptoms from weather changes, it is best to start getting treatment about a month before the start of allergy or cold/flu season.
The most effective way to treat allergies, cold or flu is with seasonal balance acupuncture. The points change depending on the season and therefore work in beautiful harmony to put the body back in balance with mother nature.
The good news about acupuncture, is that there is virtually no downside to getting a treatment. In addition to having health issues addressed, patients leave the clinic feeling relaxed and re-charged. It’s a great combination to help manage our stressful lives! If you wish to schedule an acupuncture appointment, contact our West Bloomfield office today.